Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Teens Talking Less, Texting More [AUDIO]

Teens prefer to pick up their cell phones and text before dialing a number and talking. The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 a day.

Jhaymesiviphotography, Flickr

“Sixty texts per day is a lot of communication,” said Rutgers Sociology Professor Deborah Carr. “It only becomes a problem if it is replacing actual face time. If it’s being used to facilitate meetings in person, then it can actually be a good thing.”

But, when teens text, they often shorten their sentences, use abbreviations and many of their phones have auto-correct features which corrects any misspellings.

“One unexpected consequence is that the quality of writing of young people may take a real hit,” said Carr. “Talking on the phone is way down too, which could be problematic because young people really need to learn how to articulate their thoughts in a sensible way by speaking.”

“One other potential problem is the expectation for immediacy,” said Carr. “People who text expect an answer instantaneously and the work world isn’t necessarily like that. In fact, the real world isn’t necessarily like that. So, this belief that if someone sends a message they’re going to get a reply immediately, that might be setting people up for false expectations.”

On the up side, texting has given parents constant communication with their children. “Back in the 80s, when we were in college, we’d have that Sunday afternoon phone call with our parents. Today, teenagers from high school all the way up through college are in touch with their parents constantly because it’s so easy to do through texting,” said Carr. “It also helps parents keep tabs on what their children are doing and that’s a good thing.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.